Prototype Electric Supercycle Plugs Into the Future

See original source for streaming video segment featuring lithium ion-powered electric motorcycle developers.

Published: 01-Jun-2007

Oakland — IT'S "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," motorcycle style.

Lightning Motors' lithium-powered superbike looks like an R1. It even handles like the Yamaha liter bike. But its innards have been wrenched and yanked out.

The entire engine is missing. So are the tailpipes, radiator, gas cap, transmission and clutch. In their place: a wall of yellow batteries, an AC regenerative motor, an electric throttle and a three-pronged plug, which pokes out from the frame and connects to a standard outlet.

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